DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 229
October 26, 2007
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Approval of the Sign Communication Proficiency Interview (SCPI) Assessment as an Option of Demonstrating Proficiency in American Sign Language
At their meeting on October 18, 2007, the Board of Education approved the use of the Sign Communication Proficiency Interview (SCPI) Assessment as an option for demonstrating proficiency in American Sign Language. The Licensure Regulations for School Personnel, effective September 21, 2007, give individuals seeking an endorsement in American Sign Language the option of meeting requirements by passing an assessment demonstrating proficiency in American Sign Language prescribed by the Board. Individuals also would be required to meet other licensure requirements including professional studies and assessment requirements.
The SCPI is a conversational approach to sign language communications skill assessment. The SCPI permits interview content to vary according to the job responsibilities, background, and interests of each person interviewed. The goal of the SCPI is to assess how well people are able to use sign language for their communication needs, and, as appropriate, to assist people in development of their sign language communication skills.
involves a one-to-one conversation between the interviewer and
candidate/interviewee, with each interviewee videotaped and subsequently rated
independently by SCPI raters. The basis
for ratings is the SCPI Rating Scale, a standard scale based on a highly
skilled, knowledgeable native/native-like signer. The SCPI assesses American Sign Language as
it is used among skilled sign language communicators in the
The Board of
Education approved the SCPI with a proficiency level of "advanced."
The SCPI assessment is offered at the
If you have questions regarding the SCPI, please contact Mrs. Patty S. Pitts, assistant superintendent for teacher education and licensure, firstname.lastname@example.org at (804) 371-2522 or Dr. James W. Lanham, director of licensure, email@example.com at (804) 371-2471.